Located 17 miles and just 22 minutes from Hunt Valley Inn is The Baltimore Zoo – created by act of the Maryland state legislature on April 7, 1876. (Its name was changed to The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore in 2004.) The Zoo is the third oldest zoo in the United States. Philadelphia is first (1873); Cincinnati is second (1874). Ours actually had its beginnings as early as 1862, when the first of many citizens gave animals (the first being 4 swans) to Druid Hill Park for public display. 

Today the 135-plus acre zoo property is owned by the City of Baltimore and leased to the State of Maryland. The Maryland Zoological Society operates the Zoo under a lease agreement with the state and full manages the Zoo.

Currently the Zoo’s animal collection encompasses birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles, representing nearly 200 species. Animals are displayed in natural settings replicating their native habitats.

Come stay with us and then check out how our furry, feathery and otherwise friends live in our North Baltimore area.